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Is a winter wedding right for you?

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What are the advantages?

Are you dreaming of a June wedding? Of walking down the aisle among the late spring flowers in flawless 72 degree weather? Well, perhaps you should keep dreaming, because it might be time for a reality check. Becoming a June bride may sound ideal, but it's not always the best choice.

What are the advantages?

The weather in any part of the U.S. can be unpredictable during the summer months, so an outdoor gala is never guaranteed. Not to mention that all of the competition for choice June dates adds a large premium to the cost of your wedding, resulting in extra hassle and extra stress, both of which are completely unnecessary. With this in mind, consider doing what more and more couples are opting to do — wed over the winter months. As you will quickly find out, there are many advantages, and we're exploring the top two!

What are the advantages?Decor

Nothing is more elegant than a winter white wedding in a warm but cozy ballroom. From January to March, the competition for a great date decreases dramatically, as does your anxiety about the weather since you will plan your special day to be entirely indoors from the get go.

When beginning to plan a winter wedding, the soon-to-be-newlyweds must first determine what they find inspiring around the winter season. Next, they may want to work with a wedding professional to find ways they can incorporate those features. Since it's usually not possible to hold a wedding outside during this time of year, there are numerous ways you can bring the outdoor elements “inside.”

Decorate your tables with simple and inexpensive white poinsettias, or fill the room with light by arranging pillar candles on a bed of pine branches. By doing so, you can stage dramatic centerpieces that mirror the outdoors at a fraction of the cost of fresh flowers, but that are also no less beautiful by any means. Bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles always look stunning and are budget friendly.

Without a doubt, white is often the most common theme for winter nuptials, but that doesn’t mean that your big day has to be drab and boring. You can easily add some “bling,” as sparkle pairs best with white, and ideally, you really want your wedding to shine in every way. If white is really not the color for you, there are still plenty of rich and bright shades that contrast perfectly against a cool wintry setting — such as crimson or emerald green. Another great tip from many wedding planners is to mix in other complementary colors such as chestnut or burgundy to really make the background pop.

Save money!

Besides the creative decorations and beautiful color schemes, the best part of a winter wedding is the economics. You will get far more bang for your buck during these off season months as the savings go across the board in your planning. From the reception hall and florists, to bands and caterers, almost everyone is more willing to negotiate during this time of the year. Bonus: Wedding registries are never seasonal, so you don’t have to worry about any restraints when signing up for and making your gift requests on

A winter wedding is different and unique, so yours will absolutely stand out from the crowd. As time goes on, I believe we will see more and more brides choosing to embrace the magic and practicality of the winter season for their special days. From regal decor choices to less stress and hassle overall, the dream of walking down the aisle in June may become a thing of the past.

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